2007-2008 Season Report

First XV

The First XV had a mixed season in the League where we finished 6th, the last League match was a home game against Old Grammarians, who had beaten us comfortably earlier in the season.This time it was a draw 26 points each and really we should have ‘put them away’. Anyway we now look forward to playing some Sevens and preparing for next season, when we remain in Herts/Middlesex League 2.

Middlesex Federation Vase Final

On 19th April 2008 in our third appearance in the Final our 1st XV won the Middlesex Federation Vase 15 points to 7 against Old Isleworthians, who had beaten us in the Final two seasons ago. This time we were in control from the outset and it was a great result. Many of our Vice Presidents as well as the County President and County Secretary and our opposition Committee enjoyed a buffet lunch before the game and joined the celebrations after. On the same afternoon on the adjoining pitch the 2nds were also successful in beating Mill Hill 2s in the semi-final of the Herts/Middx Merit Table 4 Cup. More photos available here.

The winning team in the Middlesex Vase competition.

Middlesex Club Sevens Competition

On Saturday 3rd May the Sevens squad, coached by John Casalaspro and captained by JP Cremin travelled to the Richmond Athletic Ground to compete in the Middlesex Club Sevens Vase competition. After the performance at the Hendon Sevens we were hoping to celebrate another trophy on of rugby in our 75th season. It was not to be however, and the long season finally caught up with the squad. HAC were the eventual winners of this competition.

Vice Presidents’ Lunch

Earlier in the season we held a very successful reunion buffet lunch for our Vice Presidents, friends and opposition, our local rivals Mill Hill. We were pleased not only by the result but also by the presence of founder member Geoff Cooper now well into his nineties and a number of past players and their wives.

No prizes for recognising these Hendon stalwarts!

Second XV

The Second XV had a successful season in the Herts/Middlesex Merit Table and look forward to ending the season in style in the Merit Table cup competition. Here we can see the pack in action against Hampstead and Danny Hayes the Captain welcoming our newest recruit from Hungary; who joins our players who come from as far afield as Poland and Papua New Guinea as well as Ireland, Oz, NZ South Africa and Colindale.

Herts/Middlesex Merit Table 4 Cup Final

On 26th April the 2nds played a fast open game in the Final against Enfield Ignations 4th team, who fielded an extremely large but fairly slow pack. We scored four fine backs’ tries against two from close range forward drives and ran out the winners 24 points to 10. So it was two cups in two weekends a great end to the 15-aside season for both teams.

75th Anniversary Dinner

We continued our 75th Anniversary celebrations on 10th May at Hendon Golf Club with a great meal – courtesy of Dave Lynch – and dancing till very late to the Reals, who were joined for some songs by various club members – new First XV Captain Chris Towndrow, in particular, was a great hit with his Robbie Williams number (sorry just been told it was an Oasis song (?) but that’s old age for you). We hope he will be as successful in the new season. There were 135 of us including many players and Committee and their partners plus names from the past – founder member Geoff Cooper, Harold Ross, Alan Kahl, Keith Gent, Mike Sonn, Tony Fernandez, Nick Lovett, John Ryan etc etc. John Casalaspro particularly enjoyed the fact that nearly half of the people there were his former pupils from St James School. All the men were presented with ties and the Ladies with chocolates, generously sponsored by Dave Gershlick, Mike Wood, Keith Gent and Geoff Cooper.

Easter Tour 2008

Over the Easter weekend the Club toured in Cornwall hosted by Newquay RFC who are also celebrating their 75th Anniversary. Nearly, 30 people went on tour, and from the photos below you can see that a good time was had by all. Part of the costs of were generously sponsored by Daval Construction (Alan Graham and Dave Tobin) and by Voor Air Ltd (Michael Alleyne). The unfamiliar red playing shirts were designed so that we did not clash with Newquay who coincidentally also play in Green Black and White.

Newquay Tour Team Photo

Hendon’s “Away” Kit for Newquay

Other News

Jo Jenkins

The funeral of Jo Jenkins, wife of Colin, who passed away peacefully in the early hours of 22nd May was attended by many past and present members of Hendon. Colin and Jo had been stalwarts of the Club since Colin first played in the late 1950s. Jo had a long fight against illness and Colin and his family wish to thank all those friends who came to celebrate her life and who have written to them. If you wish to make a donations direct to Cancer Research Charities in remembrance of Jo the family would be very pleased.

A Mountain In Spain

What are the chances of meeting a team mate from more than 20 years ago 2000 feet up a mountain in Spain. This is exactly what happened to Don Wall & Ted ‘Curly’ Gerald at the beginning of May. Both are out there enjoying four weeks of sunshine and were extremely surprised to meet after many many years.

A Day-Out at Twickenham

On a day to forget for England fans some more of the Hendon stalwarts met at Twickenham for the Wales game – yes that one! Warwick Evans now living near Swansea was brave to wear his Ospreys shirt but he and his dad, Dave had the last laugh with Wales overturning England in the second half. The venue as usual was the Victoria pub in Worple Road, Twickenham and apart from Roland Wallace who lives in Ealing they came from far and wide – Dave Llewellyn from Weymouth, Brian Martin from Diss, Dave Evans from Hay on Wye and Colin Jenkins from Stanmore.